Cutting-edge theories and techniques for LCI in the context of CALL
As an introduction to the field of learner-computer interaction, this chapter argues for a need to generate knowledge about the online language learning process, developing a capacity for doing so by using cutting-edge frameworks and methods grounded in science and engineering. Adopting a posture of CALL engineers, we approach interaction-based research in CALL through the core concept of design and discuss LCI investigations in the context of technology-mediated task-based language learning. This chapter also presents the aim of the book; highlights the main features of contributors’ chapters; identifies the book’s readers and purposes for which it can be used. It summarizes each chapter in order to highlight the variations in theories and methods that this book promotes for the analysis of LCI. As such, this introductory chapter serves to guide readers to better apprehend the book content.